The Size Question

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  1. AJ1982

    AJ1982 Registered User

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    So, early in the season there was a bit of a debate about Parise vs. Perry and how important size would be in the new NHL.

    So now that one season has been played, what does everybody think? Will size still be the advantage it once was?
     
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    Well it still is an asset regardless but it isn't the end all it used to be, thank god.
     
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    You'll never hear a GM say that he wants a smaller team. If you had two players on your target list at the draft, and they had equal amounts of skills/intangibles, you'd likely take the bigger one.

    This may be why Bryan Little might not be drafted as highly as some predict. Although he may go in the top 8, who knows?

    As a Leafs fan, part of me was hoping Little would be gone by the time we draft. However, since we're drafting at #13, I would now be thrilled if he fell to us. I'd rather have Sheppard or Sanguinetti, though.
     
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    Yep.

    Size + Skill > Skill
    Size + Skill > Size

    New NHL:
    Skill > Size. Finally.
     
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    I think it really depends on position as Centers need to be Big in my opinion where as wingers it doesn't matter as much.

    Defensemen can be anywhere from as small as 5'9" to as big as a wookie


    Goalise also have a size range from about 6'00" to about 6'4" or 6'5" though ideally i think a 6'2" or 6'3" goalie is the best
     
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    Size is just as important as ever, it's SPEED that is more prominent now.

    So guys with BOTH speed and size are even more valuable than before.

    Jarmo Kekalainen (Blues assistant GM) was on TV yesterday and he said that with the new rules hitting will be even more important as you can't legally slow down players with clutch & grab anymore. And the bigger guys are naturally better hitters (on average).
     
  7. leafaholix*

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    Size is an advantage when all else is equal.
     
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    I think size is still very important but gone are the days when players were blackballed because they weren't 6'0 tall.

    Even though the game is being called tighter, there is still an advantage to having bigger stronger players. The difference is now teams are not loading up on big goombas who do nothing but stifle the offensvie abilities of other players.

    Size is still a valuable asset, but teams are looking for big guys who can play, not big guys who prevent others from playing.
     
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    The same could be said for any other advantage.
     

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